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LSU Eunice Tuition to Increase

LSU Eunice will increase tuition for students for the 2010-11 school year - a decision approved by the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.

After state lawmakers approved the tuition hikes this week, and with the recent passage of the Louisiana Granting Resources and Autonomy for Diploma (LaGRAD) Act, LSU Eunice will increase tuition by the approved amount of five percent.

The LaGRAD Act was passed by the legislature to support the state's public higher education institutions in remaining competitive and increasing their overall effectiveness and efficiency. The Act allows universities to increase tuition and fees once they agree to certain performance objectives.

The tuition increase had already been approved by the LSU System Board of Supervisors and was only waiting on approval from the legislature committee.

LSU Eunice's tuition rate is now $103.75 per credit hour up to a 12-hour total of $1,244.00. The rate then increases only $1.25 per credit hour up to 21 hours. Non-resident fees were also increased for the 2010-11 school year.

The increases will raise additional funds to help offset state budget cuts.

Students can apply for a hardship waiver of the increase if they meet the following criteria: must be a Louisiana resident; must be a full-time student (12 or more hours); must have applied for and be deemed eligible to receive federal financial aid; their total cost of tuition, fees, books, and supplies must exceed the total amount received in grants, student loans, scholarships and other types of financial assistance. Additionally students cannot use the waiver in connection with other scholarships that exempt the same fees. Students must also be maintaining satisfactory progress based on LSU Eunice scholastic regulations.

Students may apply for the waiver if they meet all of the above criteria and have special circumstances. Special circumstances are defined as extreme conditions which exist that may warrant re-evaluation of a student's financial aid file. The circumstances must be different from what has already been reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Applications for waiver of tuition increase are available in the LSU Eunice Financial Aid Office located in the Acadian Center. The fee waiver application and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid by August 25, 2010, for the fall semester.